Trial postponed for Oriana Farrell

Oriana Farrell

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – Trial has been postponed for a Tennessee woman accused of child abuse and fleeing from a law enforcement officer in New Mexico.

A district judge in Taos granted a request Monday by the lawyer for Oriana Farrell to postpone her trial, which had been scheduled to start April 27.

After being stopped for speeding near Taos in October 2013, Farrell allegedly twice fled from New Mexico State Police.

A police officer fired shots at the Memphis woman’s van that was carrying five children, but nobody was injured.

The officer says he was aiming at the minivan’s tires and didn’t know there were children in the vehicle. He later resigned from the police force.

The 40-year-old Farrell has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include possession of drug paraphernalia. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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